7 Days of Love Stories, movie #4, Bridget Jones’s Diary

So on day four I decided to go all out girl and watch Bridget Jones’s Diary. For the other three people in the western world besides myself who haven’t yet seen this movie, the story is along the lines of this:

A girl in her 30’s, Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), is pining for marriage and it seems that everyone in her family is desperate to wed her and collect their dowry or something. She goes to the office rather frumpy-ish, longs for her boss, Daniel (Hugh Grant), to notice her, and then spends her evenings drinking herself further into misery. So to change things up, she starts showing up at the office in tiny skirts and see through shirts and lo and behold, the boss takes notice.

Moving along, she ends up heartbroken by the sleazy Daniel, throws herself into a bottle of vodka and starts down the road of self improvement. Then ultimately she falls for the nice guy in the movie, who also doesn’t work out due to a huge misunderstanding. Then the poor girl gets a tad depressed and starts wearing long black sweaters.

I know that so far it sounds like I hated this one, but I really didn’t. I think if you can take it for what it is, a comedy with a lot of melodrama, it’s actually sort of fun. At this point in my life, I would have loved to see a bit more self discovery in our lead character, rather than a damsel in distress, but it seems like she’s trying. And I guess sometimes we all have to learn the hard way- I know I have. I have to admit that Bridget has a quirky personality that can somehow make you empathize with her. She marches to the beat of her own drum for sure, and I always appreciate that.

Ultimately my favorite part of the movie is when Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) awkwardly tells Bridget that he likes her “just as she is”. Ultimately, isn’t that really what we all want? Someone who falls head over heels for us for who we are, just the way we are, without trying to press and polish us into someone else? Or worse, into someone “perfect”?

So that being said, I did have a few good laughs and I did like the end result. There is a happily ever after, and it gives me hope that my someone is out there, ready to like me just as I am. 😉 ❤

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